I have found three talented and inspired people up for an amazing adventure. Each of member of the Road Crew brings a unique interest, talent, and perspective to our journey along with a shared belief in the importance of knowing who you are.
Victoria Massie is a unique combination of aspiring geneticist and anthropologist. She’s a senior a the University of Rochester whose heart – after studying abroad in Malawi and Ghana – belongs to the African continent. Her internship at African Ancestry, as Road Dog #1, is part of her continuing effort to connect her love for Africa with an intrigue for the genome and contemporary issues facing American society. Her senior thesis is a research project focusing on the impact of genetic ancestry testing on African Americans. We encourage you to help with her research by sharing your experience with her. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ralston Smith is a gifted storyteller. We were fortunate to have Ralston join the African Ancestry family several years ago when he produced our first marketing video. His vision extends beyond the camera with a strong strategic plan for every project. Ralston will be documenting the Road Tour and posting video to Facebook and YouTube daily. Check out his blog and his website.
Kea Taylor is an amazing photographer. I was so excited when she said that she wanted to join us on the road. We get the benefit of her warm, creative spirit as well as her awesome still photos, which we’ll be posting daily from the Road. We’re all about promoting Black business so, Kea will be autographing copies of her new book, I Still Do – A Celebration of African American Weddings, on the Road Tour too.
A new partner is on board the Road Tour! We are honored to have the Philadelphia Commission for African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs as our host for the Philadelphia stop. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Chairman Stanley Straughter share our vision for transforming the way that we view Africa.
Imhotep Institute Charter School
6201 N. 21st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19138
6 – 8 pm
Fmr. Mayor W. Wilson Goode, Sr.
Hon. Stanley Straughter
Join us at the Imhotep Institute Charter High School as we celebrate our roots and reveal the ancestries of Chairman Stanley Straughter, Former Mayor Wilson Goode, Sr., and other invited guests!
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Check out our list of African American-inspired adventures here, including a special voyage in West Africa, from the Senegalese capital of Dakar along the Saloun and Gambia Rivers. Discover the vibrant markets and seaside colonial buildings of Dakar and investigate the legacies of the slave trade on Gorée Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then the Gambia River leads you to lush, wildlife-rich nature reserves and the riverside towns and cities of the country where Kunta Kinte was born. Visit our website to get more details.
The City of Charlotte’s website boasts that “2010 is a big year” for the Queen City. It certainly is. That’s because Charlotte is the fifth stop on the We Are Africa Road Tour 2010!
We are excited that the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Art + Culture has partnered with us to bring a celebration of our historical, cultural, and genetic connections to Africa to Charlotte on Thursday, August 5th. Mayor Anthony Foxx has also agreed to join us for a reveal of his maternal roots!
USA Griot will be on-hand to offer information about genealogy too. Check back here or on Facebook to see who our cultural performers will be!
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Art + Culture
Yep. We’re taking We Are Africa to the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia! Many know Richmond as the birthplace of Black Capitalism. But did you know that Richmond was the largest source of enslaved Africans on the east coast of America from 1830 to 1860? This part of the city’s history is documented along the Richmond Slave Trail, a walking trail that chronicles the history of the trade of enslaved Africans from Africa to Virginia until 1775, and away from Virginia to other locations in the Americas until 1865. (source: www.virginia.org)
African Ancestry Family Member Dr. Shawn Utsey has made sure that Richmond is well represented on the We Are Africa Road Tour 2010.
Join us for an engaging afternoon with an African Ancestry presentation, performance by Elegba Folklore Society, and heritage reveals of Virginia State Delegate Delores McQuinn and Dr. Maureen Elgersman Lee.
Virginia State Delegate Delores McQuinn
Dr. Maureen Elgersman Lee, Director, Black History Museum and Cultural Center of VA
Don’t forget! Bring your friends and family! And tell those who can’t make it to follow us here on the blog or on Facebook.
Can I tell you how excited we are to include Huntsville on the Road Tour? One of our African Ancestry Family Members, Terrance Vickerstaff, has rolled out the red carpet! Thanks to Mr. Vickerstaff, the Alabama State Black Archives Research Center and Museum on the campus of Alabama A&M University is our partner. During the celebration of our historical, cultural, and genetic connections to Africa, we are honored to reveal the ancestries of three leaders in the Huntsville community. We look forward to meeting you there!
Dr. Andrew Hugine, President Alabama A&M University
Mrs. Abbiegail Hugine
Rev. Dr. Julius Scruggs, Pastor First Missionary Baptist Church
Alabama State Black Archives Research Center and Museum
Alabama A&M University
4900 Meridian Street
Huntsville, Alabama 35810
August 3, 2010
6 – 8 pm
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